Review: Blue Fringe - The Whole World Lit Up


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The Whole World Lit Up
 Artist: Blue Fringe
 Album: The Whole World Lit Up
 Date of Release: 2007/02/27
 Label: Craig 'N Co. / Dist. Universal/Fontana
 Cat. No.: CNC-0140
 Country of Release: US
 Genre/s: Popular | Rock

 Sub-Genre/s: Jewish
 Type: Studio
   Time: 40:58
   Date of Review: 2009/06/10
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Blue Fringe - The Whole World Lit Up

Released on 27th March 2007, The Whole World Lit Up by Blue Fringe is their third album. It arrived here quite out of the blue, along with a couple of other new releases from record label Craig 'N Co. in early 2007 but a review had to wait until now as at the time Rainlore's World of Music was effectively in hiatus and the new site design was already in development.

Blue Fringe has been described as "America's favorite Jewish rock band" and reminiscent of Dave Matthews, among others. The Whole World Lit Up certainly delivers some good solid rock with strongly Jewish flavours and themes.

Often mixing English with Hebrew lyrics, and traditional melodies with contemporary ones, one somehow can't help wishing for a bit of original material here, rather than just original lyrics. Nonetheless, everything works well enough. Blue Fringe's The Whole World Lit Up is certainly an appealing enough album, at any rate, if this kind of rock is up your street. It certainly is among the more original contemporary, modern Jewish sounds to be found. And Blue Fringe deserve credit for steering clear of the temptation of moving more into some sort of ghastly pop oeuvre. There is more than enough of that kind of bland, banal tripe around, Jewish or otherwise, and the modern rock approach taken here is refreshing.

The arrangements are superb, and the playing and vocals are excellent, and it would be hard to fault this album on anything in particular. The track that stands out most for me is Listen To You, a very fine piece indeed in the best rock tradition.

Blue Fringe's The Whole World Lit Up may perhaps not light up the whole world and certainly won't set it on fire, but it's a fine and very listenable album nonetheless. Anybody with any interest in modern popular Jewish music definitely ought to give Blue Fringe's The Whole World Lit Up a listen, at the very least.

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Track List:

 1. Etz Chayim (Trad.) - 3:18
 2. Eshet Chayil (Trad./orig. lyrics Zwillenberg/Rosenblatt) - 3:36
 3. V'Shamru (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach) - 5:50
 4. Bereishit (Moshav Band) - 3:41
 5. Anayni (Trad./orig. lyrics Zwillenberg) - 4:04
 6. Listen To You (Lanzbom/Solomon) - 4:27
 7. Yehi Shalom (Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach) - 3:51
 8. Eicha (Trad./orig. lyrics Zwillenberg/Rosenblatt) - 3:50
 9. Do You Realize?? (Wayne Coyne) - 3:43
10. Birkat Kohanim (Trad.) - 4:31

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Dov Rosenblatt - vocals, guitar, keys on tracks 3, 6, 10
Avi Hoffman - guitars, keys on tracks 1, 7, vocals on tracks 1, 7, 10
Danny Zwillenberg - drums, percussion, vocals on track 4, bass note on track 3, piano note on track 7,
      guitar chord on track 9
Hayyim Danzig - bass

Guest Musicians:
C. Lanzbom (Soulfarm) - guitar on tracks 4, 6, 10
Yehuda Solomon (Moshav) - vocals on track 10
Sean Altman (Rockapella) - vocals on track 10
Alan Grubner - violin, viola
Christopher Hoffman - cello


Purchasing Info:

The Whole World Lit Up can be purchased:
From numerous online sources, inc. as MP3s

From most major CD stores

From Jewish Music Distribution JMD UK

From Hatikvah Music International (US)

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